Reed Statement on Biden’s Pick of Del Toro to Helm the Navy
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the White House announced President Joe Biden’s intention to nominate Carlos Del Toro, a Naval Academy graduate and CEO of SBG Technology Solutions, an engineering and consulting firm, to be the next Navy Secretary. Del Toro was born in Havana, Cuba, and migrated to the U.S. in 1962. He served as a Tactical Action Officer during Operation Desert Storm and was the first commanding officer for the Arleigh Burke-Class guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84). He later served in several senior-level appointments at the Pentagon working on budgeting, acquisition, space, and legislative issues.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement:
"Carlos Del Toro is an excellent selection to be the next Secretary of the Navy. He has an impressive resume and exemplifies so many of the qualities that make the Navy and our nation great. Carlos rose through the ranks of the Navy with a distinguished record of service, leadership, and innovation. As a Naval Officer, a White House Fellow, entrepreneur, and a tech CEO he’s had success at every step of his career in both the military and private sector.
“We must strengthen the readiness and capacity of the Navy and Marine Corps. Carlos Del Toro is uniquely well-qualified to address these challenges and help steer the Navy and Marine Corps in the right direction.
“I look forward to scheduling his hearing, carefully reviewing his record, and learning more about his priorities for Navy programs and advancing the fleet of manned and unmanned vessels.”
After coming to the United States as a child from Cuba in 1962, Del Toro went on to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned advanced degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, George Washington University, and the Naval War College.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker will continue to serve in that capacity until SASC holds a hearing and vote and the full U.S. Senate confirms Carlos Del Toro. Reed and Acting Secretary Harker recently toured the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island.